ORGANIC GARDENING COURSE 

The Newmarket Public Library will be offering a comprehensive organic gardening course presented by an experienced teacher and commercial vegetable grower. The course consists of a two hour class each week for three successive weeks.

 The course will included practical tips on: how to create a new garden; soil preparation; seed starting; planting techniques; container gardening; cultural techniques during the growing season (such as watering, fertilizing, and pest and weed control); how plants and soil interact; succession planting; planting multiple crops in the same space at the same time; how to compost; crop rotation; cover cropping; and mycorrhizobials.

There also will be discussions about our existing industrial food production system including pesticides, genetically modified seeds, seed labeling and supplier concentration, globalization and famine, organic certification, and regulatory capture.

The instructor is Vincent Cirasole from Rochester. He has taught physical education and organic gardening in New York before relocating to the Granite State in 2013. He also is a Master Gardener, a commercial vegetable grower, and an organic growing enthusiast. Over a period of years, he has developed this course which has proven to be fascinating and popular with students. Reference material and sources of additional information will be distributed at no charge to all participants.

The course will be held at the library between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursday evenings: March 8, 15, and 22. Pre-registration is required, so please contact the library soon to sign up.  This program is free and open to the public.

 

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